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Home Health telepresence robots

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predicted robots will have a crucial role to play in the future of healthcare. Angle said that assistive robots will enable old or sick people to live independently for longer…pointed to figures showing that the elderly often have chronic health issues that require expensive assisted living programs or nursing homes. “The numbers of seniors are going up and our ability to care for them is going down,”… challenges of developing such a robot are substantial. It would encounter a variety of unexpected and unpredictable situations, so it would need to be flexible and adaptable—able to move around in a messy room, pick up unfamiliar objects, or open doors. Some research robots have demonstrated a few such skills, but there is nothing that can do them all…home-help robot could also deliver remote medical care, Angle noted. A robot equipped with a blood pressure detector, stethoscope, a camera, and other low-cost equipment could allow doctors to perform routine check-ups remotely…would guess that iRobot plans to release a telepresence robot that can perform some of these functions in the next few years…

 

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